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Mere Dad Ki Maruti  (2013 - Hindi)

Mere Dad Ki Maruti cumulative rating: 2.9 out of 52.9/5 (54 users)

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Not hard to like, don't expect much more

Nicely juxtaposing such identifiable themes as a teenager's desperation to impress a pretty girl, and a boy's fear of his father's volcanic temper, against the backdrop of a big fat Punjabi wedding, debutant director Ashima Chibber delivers a harmless fluff of a film in 'Mere Dad Ki Maruti'. The wafer-thin plot notwithstanding, the film is enjoyable mostly for its frills. Middle-class Chandigarh boy Sameer (Mujhse Fraandhsip Karoge's Saqib Saleem) sneaks awaymore

Mazedaar, masaledaar, full-on entertainer

A khadoos and kanjoos dad can't see eye to eye with his free-spirited son. The backdrop is a big, fat Punjabi wedding in North India. A brand new car that's supposed to be offered as the wedding gift goes missing. Now add a tadka of assorted characters: Bhai, weirdos and cops. Perfect recipe for a truly appetizing Punjabi delicacy? Oh, yes! Y-Films' third movie MERE DAD KI MARUTI is loud, funny, energetic and whacky. Ashima Chibber, who has been an apprenticemore


Is it an ad? Is it a fraaandship feelim? Is it a “are you love me” and “tatti” flick? No baybie, this is a Y-Films (a Yash Raj Films company) outing, complete with a happy-happy ending that will tickle-tickle college students. Mere Dad Ki Maruti uses the same template as Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011) –– a mindless script filled with one-liners borrowed from Yo Yo Honey Singh. And if that’s not enough, Ashima Chibber’s directorial debutmore

The film is a light-hearted family entertainer with a message for the youth

Everyone's dancing and making merry in the Khullar household, especially Tej (Ram Kapoor) who is all set to gift would-be son-in-law Raj and daughter Tanvi a brand new Maruti Ertiga gaddi on their wedding day. While the wedding preparations are in full swing, Tej's son Sameer (Saqib Saleem) is the daft guy who aspires to woo the hot 'Shakira of Chandigarh' Jazzleen (Rhea Chakraborty). She calls him 'psychic' (thinking it's the same as 'psycho')more

Zooms out in top gear

You’ve heard of films being star vehicles. But have you heard of a film being a vehicle vehicle? Well, Maruti is in cahoots with Y Films (Yash Raj party’s youth wing) as the former provides the car and the latter songs, comedy, and drama. Ashima Chibber directs Mere Dad ki Maruti, a story set in Chandigarh about … well you read the title: son loses stingy father’s car and must replace it while keeping dad distracted even as his sister’s three-day weddingmore

Although the film doesn't say anything novel, it is definitely a fun ride

There are times when this film seems like a prolonged boisterous Punjabi music video. Or even a feature film-length Maruti commercial. But if you can manage to ignore the continuous bhangra beats thumping in the background, the implausibility of parts of the plot, and the moral unease at a father-in-law gifting a car to his son-in-law on his wedding day, Mere Dad Ki Maruti could also be a lot of fun. Set around his sister’s wedding, MDKM is a simple talemore

A dulhan getting jiggy on her own sangeet night? It's been known to happen. Especially when the bride belongs to a typical Punjabbi (double b, emphasis mine) family full of boister and cheer. In a delicious sequence from Mere Dad Ki Maruti, we are presented with a bride doing a fully-clothed shimmy which is just risqué enough to cause the following: the guests slack-jawed, the groom trying to hide his face, the bride's brother gulping a littlemore

Mere Dad Ki Maruti is a winner, an easy film to like

Band, baaja, baaraat, a desi booty-shaking Shakira, a reckless boy who refuses to grow up, a penny-pinching dad, and a missing Maruti – these are, broadly speaking, the pieces that make up this rib-tickling jigsaw. Produced by Y Films, YRF’s alternative production label, Mere Dad Ki Maruti, has all the essential ingredients of a Bollywood wedding flick, but it serves them up in a somewhat watered-down form. The dilution serves the film wellmore

By, of and for Punjabis

Attention please: Calling all aspiring Bollywood directors and writers — Kindly send Aditya Chopra a daddyji-betaji centric film idea/script where, at the end, they do jhappiyan-shappiyan, followed by kissiyan-shissiyan. Your film will soon mount the marquee. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not goading people to exploit Mr Chopra’s grief at the tragic passing of Yash Chopra. I’m just saying that there was no reason to finance and makemore

A typical comic caper but with a contemporary twist

The no-mard of the Khullar family, Sameer Khullar (Saqib Saleem) is nothing but a no-sense useless brat, tired by the daily miseries caused by his staunch and khadus dad, Tej (Ram Kapoor)! Tej, the DAD, is kanjoos and loves getting things FREE! But there is one wish he needs to fulfill: a Maruti car that he wants to vidaa his soon-to-be-wed-daughter in! The Punjabi wedding, which serves as the perfect backdrop of the perky and crazily dysfunctional familymore